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It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: November 12, 2011 12:32 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

CORONADO, Calif. -- The logos college basketball events put at midcourt are dangerous.

Don't believe me, ask Roy Williams.

"Let's stop putting those stupid logos on the floor where kids slip and slide around," Williams said. "Somebody is going to get hurt, and I've said that for years and years and years."

The North Carolina coach has indeed said that for years and years and years -- proof being that the above quote isn't from Friday night's Carrier Classic. That's actually a quote I found from 2008, a quote Williams delivered after two Tar Heels (Marcus Ginyard and Tyler Hansbrough) slipped on a midcourt logo during a game in Raleigh.

So coaches have literally been fighting this fight for years and years and years.

And yet nothing changes.

There was still a big logo at midcourt for the Carrier Classic ... and it nearly cost Michigan State's Branden Dawson. The 6-foot-6 freshman slipped on the logo while running and twisted his knee. Yes, he later returned. But it looked bad. And it could've been bad. And it's not something the NCAA should allow to continue.

"We've got to get rid of those logos in the middle of the court," Michigan State's Tom Izzo said late Friday. "We can put logos other places. I'll wear logos to support the people who sponsor us. They can paint me. But we have to get rid of the logos for the safety of the players."

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Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:02 pm
 

NASCAR has solution

You don't see NASCAR putting slick stickers on their tracks.  They go all over the drivers and cars. NCAA should allow logos on uniforms , the ball, backboards, etc. TX teams sponsored by Big Oil, KY by whiskey and tobacco, UCONN by financial companies, IOWA by Big Corn, etc.  AND paint the coaches!


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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:53 pm
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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:11 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Who cares whether it could have impacted the outcome of the game. The important point is that someone could be injured.




Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:09 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

The fact is that unless the coaches make up the lost revenue out of their pockets the NCAA will not change this because when it comes to the NCAA the only thing that matters is money.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:10 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

MSU would've probably lost regardless, but it was definitely a turning point in the game when Dawson went down, he was real effective inside. Good Lord get rid of the idiotic logos.




Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:44 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

This will never happen.  And I would imagine the schools are looking into Izzo's comments about putting ads on the coaches and wondering how they can do that.  There is just too much money in it.  The NCAA, the schools, and the people who own the stadiums would lose a mint in ad revenue.   



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:40 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Both coaches are class acts.  The NCAA would do well by listening to them.  The corporate sponsors could show they are doing the right thing by finding alternatives.  Glad Dawson wasn't hurt seriously, but he was in obvious pain when he slipped.  I heard it said on the broadcast, and I have to agree: "if it can't be painted on, then don't put it on".



Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:29 pm
 

$$$

I'm wondering who received the money for this logo placement?  The U.S. Navy?  ESPN?  UNC?  MSU?

Where did this money go?

Why would you even need a corporate logo for a game like this?

Collegiate sports has gotten so commercialized the past decade.  Bowl games are the prime example.  Collegiate sports are a wonderful thing and have been for a hundred years or more.  But they are not about money.  At least they didn't used to be.

And the lust for money is killing the sport.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:20 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

The electronic images is the way to go but since a team has the same sponsors for many years why dont you make the sponsors pay to have it bult in to the floor and not just a stiker



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:08 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

They can create the logos electronically and place them like the yellow lines  or first and 10 images in football games.


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